April CMC Meeting
12:07pm - The meeting was called to order.
Because of the Rendezvous, there will not be a CMC meeting in May. Nate explained that there will be a list for CMC sign-ups coming out soon. Nate will send out a link making sure people sign up. Poster setup is 10-11:30 and will be followed by lunch. There used to be a Question and Answer time with the director at the Rendezvous but that was removed because of the rotating town halls. We could ask to have a town hall with Waleed, Christine, and Heather at the Rendezvous.
Reporting Vacation time
Discussion regarding reporting vacation time for CIRES employees. For all of CIRES, employee vacation time will be moving to My Leave at MyCUInfo rather than doing it through InsideCIRES. There will be no reminders if you forget to do your timesheet.
J1/J2 visa - work permit issue
Alessandro gave an overview of the J1/J2 visa work permit issue. We need to make CIRES Administration aware of this issue. Is CIRES HR willing to prioritize these? It is basically asking them to do a favor. “Agree to process the early application”
Insert language from Alessandro’s document. Idea – a little cover letter with a box asking if the employees has a spouse with this issue. Mimi suggested that the next step is to take this to Heather.
Motion: Mimi and Kathy will bring the work permit visa issue to Heather when they meet with her later this month.
Motion approved unanimously.
Mimi discussed the CMC meeting schedule. There will not be a meeting in May. When we tour in the summer, we can have afternoon meetings around 2pm with cookies and coffee. June will be at DSRC. July will be at East Campus. Mimi will send out suggested dates. Mimi will not be chair after September. New roles will start in October. Kathy suggested starter questions to get people going.
Nate discussed prospective members from administration and finance.
Discussion ensued regarding how CIRES employees are feeling in different parts of CIRES. There is a sense that women are leaving CSL.
Executive and Fellows Meetings
There was no executive meeting this month.
Atmospheric Chemistry Program Seminar
Ecosystem-atmosphere fluxes of volatile organic compounds: Which ones matter? by Dylan Millet, University of Minnesota
"Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) play several key roles in the atmosphere: their oxidation leads to the formation of health- and climate-relevant pollutants; they affect the nitrogen cycle by interacting with atmospheric NOx; and they modulate the atmosphere’s oxidizing capacity and therefore the lifetimes of greenhouse gases and other pollutants. Terrestrial ecosystems are simultaneously the largest source and a major sink of atmospheric VOCs; however, our understanding of these fluxes and their atmospheric impacts is challenged by a number of outstanding uncertainties, including complex emission sources, bidirectional exchange with the land surface, and chemical interactions with anthropogenic pollutants. In this talk I will present results from my group’s research applying observations to better characterize these ecosystem-atmosphere interactions and their effects on atmospheric chemistry. Discussion will focus on two specific themes. I will first present results focusing specifically on formic acid, which is a major source of atmospheric acidity and an integrated marker of hydrocarbon oxidation, but which has large missing sources. I will then discuss new measurements from my group using high-resolution time-of-flight mass spectrometry to directly measure forest-atmosphere fluxes of VOCs simultaneously across the entire mass spectrum, and explore these results with the aim of better understanding i) how well our models capture this 2-way land-atmosphere carbon exchange, and ii) to what degree the fluxes for the large number of ions outside of the traditionally-measured subset matter for tropospheric composition."